Twitter adds new ways to mute and report abusive posts

first_imgArts & Culture | Nation & World | Science & TechTwitter adds new ways to mute and report abusive postsNovember 15, 2016 by Alina Selyukh, NPR Share:Twitter’s inability to curb harassment and trolling has long plagued the social platform — by far its biggest criticism. The company is now trying something it hopes will rein in abusive users.Twitter says it’s adding new ways for users to flag or avoid seeing offensive posts in the broadest attempt yet to tackle the problem.Users can already “mute” — as in, hide from view — accounts they find offensive. But now, Twitter is expanding the “mute” function to apply to particular words, phrases or conversations, giving users greater control over posts they don’t want to encounter even if those posts specifically name them.Twitter is also going to give users broader power to report “hateful conduct,” regardless of whether they’re a target or a bystander. And the company’s support teams will get special training on “cultural and historical contextualization of hateful conduct.” The company has faced criticism for its lagging response to reports of abuse.“The amount of abuse, bullying, and harassment we’ve seen across the Internet has risen sharply over the past few years. These behaviors inhibit people from participating on Twitter, or anywhere,” the company said in a blog post.“We don’t expect these announcements to suddenly remove abusive conduct from Twitter. No single action by us would do that,” the company says, acknowledging that it has “had some challenges” keeping up with abusive conduct. “Instead we commit to rapidly improving Twitter based on everything we observe and learn.”Twitter’s moves come as leading online companies respond to this year’s presidential election, marked by a flood of sexist, racist, anti-Semitic and threatening commentary. A good deal of abusive tweeting is done anonymously. Critics say President-elect Donald Trump’s forceful presence on Twitter helped embolden this behavior among his supporters.Facebook and Google this week are restricting advertising for sites that propagate fake news, which included many stories that went viral during the acrimonious presidential campaign.For Twitter, reining in abusive content has posed a challenge as the company has touted itself as the ultimate place for free speech and open debate. It’s unclear how or whether the new filtering features are going to change the broad and open dynamics of the platform.But the spread of hateful conduct has also become a major sticking point in Twitter’s path to expansion, as the company struggles to attract new users and retain old ones. The damage to Twitter’s reputation caused by abuse and trolling was reportedly one of the factors that swayed Salesforce against buying Twitter earlier this year.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

When Sitka’s public assistance office closed, pantries shouldered need

first_imgCommunity | Food | SoutheastWhen Sitka’s public assistance office closed, pantries shouldered needSeptember 10, 2018 by Emily Kwong, KCAW-Sitka Share:The Sitka Salvation Army cycles through 10,000 lbs. of food a month. Most of their stock is donated by local grocery stores. In the past year, attendance at the soup kitchen has nearly doubled. Some trace this to locals unable to renew their food stamps after the closure of Sitka’s public assistance office. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)Earlier this year, the state re-opened Sitka’s public assistance office — to the relief of many. When the office was closed, the welfare caseload became severely backlogged. Locals who rely on benefits were not able to quickly renew, pushing many over the edge. Sitka’s pantries were put to the test.Blossom Twitchell pulled back a curtain, revealing Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s pantry. “We have crackers and rice and noodles and chili,” she noted. Twitchell is a case worker for the social services department. The pantry is open to all tribal citizens regardless of income.At the start of the month, staff go grocery shopping and stock the pantry with staple goods. Three weeks into August, when this interview was recorded, the shelves were mostly bare. “A lot of people are using their food money to pay utilities and rent and cost of living expenses. We are seeing a spike in our [pantry use] numbers,” Twitchell said.Food insecurity in Sitka has deepened and also broadened. Jean Swanson, an outreach family caseworker, said she’s seen tribal citizens come into her office seeking help that never did before. “We were seeing families that usually are self-sufficient coming in. We were seeing them for the first time,” Swanson said. As a result, what used to last a month at STA’s pantry now lasts a week and half. Why?Jean Swanson and Blossom Twitchell work for Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s social services department. They budget for a pantry, cycling through 400 lbs. of food a month. The pantry is open to all tribal citizens. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)Both Swanson and Twitchell trace the upswing in pantry use this past year to the closure of Sitka’s public assistance office in June 2017.  The district office, operated by the state Division of Public Assistance, is where locals could walk in the door, apply for food stamps, Medicaid, and other benefits, and have a technician on hand to help navigate the system.The closure was the result of attrition. It made financial sense to the state in an era of budget cuts. The Juneau office took over Sitka’s case load and did what it could to keep up with demand, but eventually, the backlog grew and grew…and grew. Individuals were unable to renew their food stamps, formally known as SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Without them, more Sitkans were going hungry. Approximately 10% of Sitka’s population uses food stamps.“A lot people would call the Juneau office and they would get a machine,” Twitchell said. “When you’re in that moment of needing assistance and needing answers to what they needed to do to get back on, they weren’t finding the answers.”Susan Briles SEARHC and others began to submit complaints to the state ombudsman, as did other communities in Alaska experiencing their own delays. Twitchell and Briles even brought the issue before Sitka’s Health and Human Services commission.In 2018, the state ombudsman investigated the Division of Public Assistance and found a backlog of  20,000 applications. Their report was released in May of this year. You can read it here. And in June, to the relief of many, the state re-opened Sitka’s office.The state has re-hired an eligibility technician and office assistant for Sitka’s public assistance office. Once located at 201 Katlian Street, the office is now on the ground floor of 304 Lake street. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)I visited the office, housed in the same building as Sitka’s trial court. Applications are still processed elsewhere – this time in Ketchikan – but the two local positions have been re-hired.Southeast Regional Manager Victoria O’Brien says it will take awhile to train the new staff and get caught up on Sitka’s case backlog. “As of right now, we’re doing what we can with what we have and working as much as we can, encouraging our staff to work as quickly as possible as accurately as possible and to get as much done as they can in a day,” O’Brien said.There have been other positive changes since the ombudsman’s report. The legislature approved funding for 20 new public assistance positions and the department is working on a statewide delivery model that would allow technicians to process applications from anywhere in the state.Twitchell is relieved. “It’s not such a bottleneck now, but it definitely hit Sitka hard. It hit families hard. It hit elders especially hard,” she said.STA wasn’t the only pantry cleaned out. Sitkans Against Family Violence has seen their stock dwindle. Salvation Army is feeling the pressure too. They are the biggest pantry in Sitka, cycling through 10,000 lbs. of food a month. About three quarters of local donations come from Sitka’s groceries stores. The rest is supplied through the U.S. Commodity Supplemental Food Program.But, it’s not enough to meet the need in Sitka.Major Charleen Morrow administers the Sitka Salvation Army with her husband, Major Matthew Morrow. They took over the post in June and previously ran the Salvation Army in Sheridan, Wyoming. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)Major Charleen Morrow moves through the dining area and greets the clientele, as steam rises from bowls on the table. It’s lunch time. She and her husband Matthew took over the job in June. In the past year, they’ve seen clientele at the soup kitchen nearly double, from 25-30 meals a day to 50 meals a day.Donations for the pantry are not enough, so the Salvation Army spends $600 a week on groceries to keep the shelves full. Frozen meat is one of the first things to go. “Meat is so expensive and lots of families go without,” Morrow said. “They’ll use canned meat, like chicken or tuna in place of meet, so when we get the meat in, we’re really excited to give that out.”Morrow echoes what Sitka Tribe is experiencing: that clients aren’t just homeless individuals, but families and senior citizens. She worries about the physical toll food insecurity can take.Morrow: We hear stories about people worrying themselves into the hospital. Like, “I was so worried about paying this bill, I got an ulcer and ended up going to the hospital.”KCAW: Is it hard for those families to come to Salvation Army for the first time?Morrow: Oh, absolutely. We have a lot of people that come in tears because they are embarrassed or ashamed. As a person that grew up with a single mom that relied upon food boxes, I know that embarrassment and shame is there. But we try to make it so that it’s not embarrassing or shameful.Like Sitka Tribe, Salvation Army does not verify the income of a person seeking help. Their mission is built around the idea that anyone can fall on hard times and that times right now are especially challenging. “We don’t consider it a hand out,” Morrow said. “We consider it a hand-up.”Editor’s note: Vicki O’Brien serves on the CoastAlaska board. The Salvation Army kitchen offers free lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The food pantry is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  To round out our week of food reporting on “The Cost of Living in Sitka,” our next story is about the rocky road of food prices and the case of the missing eggs.Share this story:last_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Sanofi poaches a top scientist from AstraZeneca

first_img By Ed Silverman March 29, 2016 Reprints @Pharmalot Drug makers told an Indian court that a government’s decision to ban 344 fixed-drug combinations was made without considering any clinical data, The Economic Times tells us.A federal appeals court upheld a verdict in favor of Pfizer against a man who claimed he developed a potentially fatal lung condition from Pondimin, once one-half of the “fen-phen” diet treatment, Reuters reports.Natco Pharma stock nosedived after the company received 483 observations from the US Food and Drug Administration concerning two facilities in India, The Economic Times writes.Advanced BioHealing executive Todd Clawson pleaded guilty last week to a charges of paying kickbacks to Veterans Affairs doctors for promoting a company product, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer informs us.Chase Pharmaceuticals, which recently hired former Allergan president Doug Ingram as its chief executive, has raised $12 million in a new equity round, MedCity News says. A study published Monday showed that Theranos’s results for total cholesterol were lower by an average of 9.3 percent than those from Quest and LabCorp, the two largest labs in the US, and could alter medical decisions made by physicians, The Wall Street Journal reports. Doctors use these lab tests to help determine when to prescribe statins, which are used to lower cholesterol.Novo Nordisk broke ground Monday on a new $1.8 billion manufacturing facility in Clayton, N.C., which is forecast to add nearly 700 jobs to the area, The Triangle Business Journal writes.advertisement Alex Hogan/STAT Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? A bright, shiny sun is illuminating the windswept Pharmalot campus, where the short person has left for the local schoolhouse and Mrs. Pharmalot is off to a new endeavor. As for us, we are engrossed in the usual routine of sniffing around for interesting items. A few tidbits, meanwhile, appear below. Time to hoist our cup of stimulation in celebration of another eventful day. Hope yours goes well …Sanofi hired a leading AstraZeneca scientist, Yong-Jun Liu, as its new research head, the second high-profile researcher to leave the drug maker in the past year. Liu, who is a specialist in immunology, currently heads the MedImmune biotech unit at AstraZeneca, where he has worked since 2014. At Sanofi, which is undergoing a reorganization, he will head research and report to Elias Zerhouni, who oversees global R&D.Doctors in New York are now required to send prescriptions to pharmacies electronically instead of handing patients a handwritten prescription slip, CBS News reports. The move is intended to combat the ongoing abuse and misuse of opioid painkillers. About 60 percent of prescriptions are now sent electronically, although the trend is still largely voluntary.advertisement About the Author Reprintscenter_img Ed Silverman Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Sanofi poaches a top scientist from AstraZeneca Tags opioidsSanofiTheranoslast_img read more

Maher on fire as Kilcavan get the better of The Heath in junior opener

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By Steven Miller – 29th July 2018 Previous articleLast minute O’Connor point leads Timahoe to round one victoryNext articleStrong’s last gasp free seals draw for Emo against 14-man Arles-Killeen Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Community Twitter Maher on fire as Kilcavan get the better of The Heath in junior opener Community Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Home Sport GAA Maher on fire as Kilcavan get the better of The Heath in… SportGAAGaelic Football Brought to you in association with JK AutosKilcavan 4-10 The Heath 1-10Laois Shopping Centre JFC Round 1Last year’s beaten junior finalists Kilcavan got their campaign off to an impressive performance today thanks to a good win away to The Heath.It was a good team performance from Kilcavan with a number of fine performances around the field. But full-forward Jason Maher was the star of the showing, finishing with 4-1.He got his first goal after three minutes when he was set up by Ollie Dixon and he got two more in the opening six minutes of the second half, one from the penalty spot after Ronan Gorry was fouled.And Maher got a fourth goal with time almost up to help seal a nine-point win.Sean Mangan, Dixon, Evan Hunt, Gorry and Derek O’Connell – back in an outfield role after a couple of years in goals – were also to the fore for the winners.The Heath were crowned Division 3 league champions earlier this month but seven of that team featured for the seniors in their championship game against St Joseph’s last night, thus making them ineligible. Another three at least were unavailable for one reason or the other.Kilcavan, too, have lost a handful of players from the side that were beaten in last year’s junior final by St Joseph’s. But they are moving well enough and will surely be still in the reckoning to win this title outright.They got off to a dream start when playmaker Ollie Dixon set Maher up for the game’s first goal.Dixon added a point moments later but The Heath responded well by scoring three of the next four points, two from Robbie Ging and one from midfielder Donal Rigney. At the midway stage of the opening half, Kilcavan led 1-2 to 0-3.Derek O’Connell – who has won junior titles with Kilcavan in 1993, 2004 and 2013 – put three between the sides again and although Dan Hennessy pulled one back for The Heath, Dixon and Hunt repsonded for Kilcavan. Luke Hyland got the last point of the half for The Heath but at the break Kilcavan led 1-5 to 0-5.The visitors got the second half off to a great start too with Maher getting two goals and Hunt and Gorry adding a point each. With 20 minutes still to play Kilcavan led by 11 points.But to The Heath’s credit, they kept battling on. David Phelan and Robbie Ging pulled points back and then Ging got in for a cracking goal.Another Ging free and a second point of the day for Dan Hennessy left just four in it with nine minutes remaining.But Kilcavan weathered the storm and a free from Maher and two points from Dixon settled them before Maher pounced for his fourth goal late on.Kilcavan now join Annanough, Park-Ratheniska, Portlaoise and Ballylinan in the winners section with the games between Camross-Errill, Graiguecullen-Spink and Stradbally-Ballyroan-Abbey still to be played.The Heath go into the qualifiers section where they will play one of the other Round 1 losers.SCORERS – Kilcavan: Jason Maher 4-1 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free), Ollie Dixon 0-4 (one free), Evan Hunt 0-2, Ronan Gorry 0-2, Derek O’Connell 0-1. The Heath: Robbie Ging 1-5 (0-3 frees), Dan Hennessy 0-2, David Phelan 0-1, Luke Hyland 0-1, Donal Bigley 0-1THE HEATH: Billy Hennessy; Joe McEvoy, Gary Hogan, James Conroy; Gareth O’Brien, Conor Bergin, David Conroy; Dan Hennessy, Donal Bigley; Benny Conroy, Shane Keane, Robbie Ging; David Phelan, Shane Hennessy, Luke Hyland. Sub: Denis Lalor for S HennessyKILCAVAN: Eamon O’Brien; David Ryan, Sean Mangan, Cathal Brennan; Eddie Conroy, Michael Bermingham, Declan Conroy; Barry Mangan, Gearoid Treacy; Evan Hunt, Ollie Dixon, Paul Bolton; Derek O’Connell, Jason Maher, Ronan Gorry. Subs: Rory O’Connell for BoltonREFEREE: Eric Ward (Portarlington)SEE ALSO – Looking ahead to this year’s Laois intermediate football championship Facebook TAGSKilcavanKilcavan v The HeathLaois JFC 2018The Heath Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Speculative-grade companies seeking ratings on the upswing: Moody’s

first_img Related news When bond ratings slip, investors shrug With bond yields low and rising, what is the price of safety? Keywords Bond For the past three years, the number of firms looking for ratings has been on the decline, but this year that trend has reversed, and speculative ratings seekers are back on the upswing. “Low interest rates and high investor demand have triggered a surge in the number of spec-grade companies looking for a first-time rating,” the report says, and this, “heralds the return of more aggressive transactions that increase risk to investors.” Moody’s rated 52 new speculative-grade companies in the first half of 2017. For the full year 2016, it rated 59 new firms, putting 2017 clearly on track to outpace 2016. The transactions the credit rating agency is seeing this year are more aggressive, the report notes, with higher initial debt levels and weaker cash flow, which represents a rising risk to investors. “Some newly rated companies have a limited or weak operating track record, and some are highly exposed to business cycles, while others use optimistic adjustments to arrive at their EBITDA,” the report says. “Companies first rated in 2017 will rely more on EBITDA growth to reduce leverage.” “Active high-yield bond and leveraged loan markets, as well as issuer friendly conditions, have paved the way over the past 12 months for the current uptick in first-time spec-grade ratings. We expect this pace to continue as long as the overall market maintains its momentum,” says Tobias Wagner, vice president at Moody’s. Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Catastrophe bond market gains momentum James Langton The first half of 2017 saw an increase in speculative-grade companies seeking credit ratings for the first time since 2013, highlighting a potential intensifying risk for investors, says Moody’s Investors Service in a report published Tuesday. The rating agency is seeing a reversal in rating trends among speculative-grade firms in the first half of this year, the report says. last_img read more

Civil Aviation Workshop Starts Wednesday in Mobay

first_imgRelatedCivil Aviation Workshop Starts Wednesday in Mobay Civil Aviation Workshop Starts Wednesday in Mobay TransportNovember 25, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica will host the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAOs) three-day Seminar/Workshop on Meteorological Services for Air Navigation in the Americas, at the Iberostar Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, November 25 to 27.The Seminar is a joint effort of ICAO, the World Meteorological Organization and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA). It is being held under the theme, “Development of a Quality Assurance System for the Enhancement of the Aeronautical Meteorology Service”.It will involve over 30 meteorological aviation personnel from the English-speaking Caribbean and Haiti.Speaking Tuesday at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, Jamaica’s representative to the Seminar/Workshop and Director of Air Navigation at the JCAA, Noel Ellis, underscored the timeliness of the initiative and its importance to flight safety.“Over the years, meteorology has really developed around aviation, and it is necessary for pilots to be in constant awareness of prevailing weather conditions during flight. However, over the years this area of service has developed in a mostly ad hoc manner,” Mr. Ellis lamented.The Workshop/Seminar will seek to establish standards for the delivery of these services, among other things, he stated.“WMO and ICAO are seeking to bring quality management into aviation meteorology, by introducing standards that need to be maintained and audited, so that in years to come JCAA personnel from the Flight Safety and Regulations department will be required to have oversight responsibility for aviation meteorology, ” he explained.“This seminar is introducing some of those quality mechanisms that will need to be checked going forward,” he added.Topics to be covered over the three days will include an introduction to the Quality Management System (QMS) and a thorough examination of its history, principles and relationship to the Annex 3 QMS requirements of the ICAO.The group will also examine in detail ICAO’s “Manual on the Quality Management System (QMS) for the Provision of Meteorological Service to International Air Navigation”, and will share local experiences in aviation meteorology.Presenters will include representatives from ICAO’s headquarters in Canada, as well as officials of WMO. They will also focus on the ISO 9000 family of International Standards for quality management, which gives the requirements for a quality management system and provides a set of generic requirements relating to the processes of development and production, and how they will be managed, reviewed and improved to achieve customer satisfaction.The official opening of the seminar/workshop will take place at the Iberostar Hotel on Wednesday (November 25) at 9:00 a.m. Guest Speaker will be Aviation Meteorology Specialist at ICAO’s Mexico Office, Enrique Camarillo.Acting Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Lt. Col Oscar Derby, will also participate. RelatedCivil Aviation Workshop Starts Wednesday in Mobaycenter_img RelatedCivil Aviation Workshop Starts Wednesday in Mobay Advertisementslast_img read more

First Look: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen

first_img RELATED TAGSHusqvarnaVitpilenNews COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. That would be especially true of the 701, which, having liberated a tuned version of KTM’s 693-cc single overhead cam single, has enough power to be taken as a serious backroad weapon, its 75 horsepower only having to motivate 157 kilograms. That’s 346 pounds folks, barely more than one of Husky’s own dirt bikes. Mated to fully-adjustable White Power suspension — 43 millimetre inverted fork up front and a linkage-operated monoshock in the rear — as well as radially-disposed, four-piston Brembo front disc brakes, means the 701’s attitude is backed up with some serious back road bona fides.The 401 certainly carries over the same ’tude as the 701. Powered by the same 375-cc single that motivates KTM’s sporty RC390, the little Vitpilen’s 43 hp only has to accelerate 148 kilos (328 pounds) so its performance should be at least sprightly if not quite outright sporty. Its front forks are upside down 43-mm WP items as well, though not adjustable, and there’s a WP monoshock in the rear as well (again, not adjustable for damping). There’s a four-piston — albeit, a lesser ByBre — front brake caliper up front grabbing onto the same 320-mm disc as the 701, so Whoa! power should be adequate as well.Indeed, both 401 and 701 Vitpilens are brilliant, both technically and stylistically. The only fly in Husky’s ointment is pricing. While the 401 seems a veritable bargain at $6,999, the 701’s $13,399 MSRP seems a tad inflated. Yes the suspension, brakes and engine are substantially upgraded, but at 13 large, the bigger Vitpilen has to go head-to-head with some serious players — Triumph’s Street Triple and BMW’s RnineT Scrambler to name but a few — with but a singular piston. Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen See More Videos Well, in fact, you’d be wrong on both counts. For one thing, Husqvarna did build quaintly streetable hot-rods back in the day, only getting into the then new sport of motocross in the mid ’50s. Even the “Pilen” name is not new, the 1950s Silverpilen — literally “silver arrow” — was a quasi street-legal two-stroke with then revolutionary hydraulic front forks.More, importantly, the Vitpilen is not a retro bike. Oh, its simplicity does harken back to a “time when motorcycles were more pure,” says chief designer, Maxime Thouvenin. And yes, Steve McQueen did ride a Husky — don’t try this at home, kids — shirtless in Bruce Brown’s iconic On Any Sunday, but the Vitpilen is not a homage to either bike or man. Rather, as Thouvenin, puts it, this is the elemental motorcycle of the 1970s modernized. “This bike is not the bike Steve McQueen rode,” says the Vitpilen’s proud papa, “It’s the bike he would have wanted to ride.”So, while I see a little bit of Craig Vetter’s famous X-75 Triumph Hurricane in the Vitpilen’s seat/gas tank combination and the svelte Husky’s minimalism is very reminiscent of many circa-’70s café racer, it is most definitely not a retro bike. From its industrial designed tank to its Silicon Valley-inspired digital instrument display, the “white arrow” is very modern motorcycle. Indeed, Thouvenin says that the hardest part of designing the new Vitpilen was integrating all its modernisms — electronic fuel injection, ABS, etc. — without losing its minimalistic motif.It worked out splendidly. The Vitpilen is possibly the first of motorcycling’s recent Back to the Future craze that attracts nostalgic Boomers and shallow Hipsters equally. From the stubby clip-on handlebars to the seat that appears to magically float over the rear of the motorcycle unsuspended, the new Husky appeals to virtually everyone who loves their motorcycles simple, sophisticated and sporty. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Husqvarna Vitpilen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Husqvarna Vitpilen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Husqvarna Vitpilen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Husqvarna Vitpilen Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Husqvarna Vitpilen ‹ Previous Next › NEW YORK – Normally, as a card-carrying, hipster-hating boomer, one of my prime jobs in life is to denigrate anything even remotely trendy. You know, like the Civil War-era beards. I suppose it could be their preoccupation with craft beers. Mostly, though, it’s the forced nonchalance that says, if you are going to attend something as borgeoisie as the ballet or opera, you’re obligated to wear a Kenora dinner jacket, preferably with the loudest red flannel possible. Yes, I hate the pretentious little turds.But I do like me some of their motorcycles. Triumph’s Bobber, for instance, floats my boat. Ditto for BMW’s RnineT. And God knows, how can you possibly not like Ducati’s little Scrambler, it being the cutest of the cute, all cheery internally-combusting bonhomie and a cheap-for-a-Ducati price tag.But the best of the lot may be the new Svitpilen that Husqvarna just unveiled at New York’s hopelessly swank Skylight Modern studios. Now, I know most of you, even the ones that claim an intimate knowledge of the famed Swedish brand, are thinking, “Husky has no history of building street bikes, so how can they now claim the nostalgia requisite in building retro-rods?” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement Wonky pricing aside, the Vitpilens are a sensation, perhaps 2018’s most eagerly anticipated motorcycles. We’ll be testing them in the next month or so; if their performance matches their looks, we’re all in for quite a ride. Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Husqvarna Vitpilenlast_img read more

Ultrafast Lasers Give CU Researchers Snapshot of Electrons in Action

first_img Published: Oct. 30, 2008 In the quest to slow down and ultimately understand chemistry at the level of atoms and electrons, University of Colorado at Boulder and Canadian scientists have found a new way to peer into a molecule that allows them to see how its electrons rearrange as the molecule changes shape.Understanding how electrons rearrange during chemical reactions could lead to breakthroughs in materials research and in fields like catalysis and alternative energy, according to CU-Boulder physics professors and JILA fellows Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn, who led the research efforts with scientist Albert Stolow of the Canadian National Research Council’s Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences.”The Holy Grail in molecular sciences would be to be able to look at all aspects of a chemical reaction and to see how atoms are moving and how electrons are rearranging themselves as this happens,” Murnane said. “We’re not there yet, but this is a big step toward that goal.”To be able to chart a chemical reaction, scientists need to be able to see how bonds are formed or broken between atoms in a molecule during chemical reactions. But only extremely limited tools are available to view the rapidly changing electron cloud that surrounds a molecule as the atoms move around, Murnane said. Changes in the electron cloud can happen on timescales of less than a femtosecond, or one quadrillionth of a second, representing some of the fastest processes in the natural world.In a paper to appear in the Oct. 30 issue of Science Express, the online version of the journal Science, the CU team describes how they shot a molecule of dinitrogen tetraoxide, or N2O4, with a short burst of laser light to induce very large oscillations within the molecule. They then used a second laser to produce an X-ray, which was used to map the electron energy levels of the molecule, and most importantly, to understand how these electron energy levels rearrange as the molecule changes its shape, according to Kapteyn.”This is a fundamentally new way of looking at molecules,” Kapteyn said. “This process allowed us to freeze the motion of electrons in a system, and to capture their dizzying dance.”The researchers describe their process of stretching the N2O4 molecule as being similar to pulling on a Slinky toy and then letting it go and watching it vibrate. They used the N2O4 molecule because it vibrates more slowly compared to other molecules, allowing them to observe the physical processes under way.In many ways, molecules are like tiny masses connected by tiny springs of differing strengths, Murnane said. These springs are the chemical bonds, made up of shared electrons, which hold all matter together. In this experiment they used ultrafast laser pulses to “twang” these springs, making the nanoscale molecular Slinkies vibrate. However, unlike real springs, when researchers vibrate the molecules their properties can change, she said.Being able to watch and understand why the electrons did what they did is very useful in fields like alternative energy, according to the researchers.”If we understand the nature of these processes, in the future we can then translate that knowledge into better technology, such as creating more efficient light-harvesting molecules or catalysis or perhaps even solar cells,” Stolow said.The research was completed by an international team with JILA Research Associate Wen Li as the paper’s corresponding author. He worked with CU-Boulder physics graduate students Xibin Zhou and Robynne Lock as well as Serguei Patchkovskii and Stolow of the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences in Ottawa, Canada.JILA is a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

January is Stalking Awareness Month

first_img Published: Jan. 12, 2017 Stalking statistics in the U.S.An estimated 15% of women and 6% of men have been a victim of stalking in their lifetimes.Over 85% of victims are stalked by someone they know; many are current or former intimate partners.46% of victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week.Persons aged 18 to 24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.Source: Stalking Resource CenterJanuary is National Stalking Awareness Month. With over 7.5 million people stalked in one year in the United States, chances are you know someone or several people who have been stalked.A ubiquitous crime in U.S. communities, stalking should be taken seriously. While legal definitions vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is: a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there, making unwanted telephone calls, leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice), watching or following from a distance and spying on the victim were the most commonly reported stalker tactics.If you or someone you know is being stalked, please contact the system Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) to discuss safety concerns and explore safety planning.For more information on stalking awareness, stay tuned to CU Boulder Today and OVA’s Facebook page throughout the month of January. Additional resources can be found at the National Stalking Awareness Month website and the “Get Help” OVA resource library.Categories:SafetyCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

CSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communities

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedCSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communities FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) has awarded scholarships to 1,861 high school and tertiary students from volatile communities, as the Ministry of National Security intensifies its crime prevention efforts by pushing education.The beneficiaries are from 27 areas, including 1,400 from the Kingston Metropolitan Area, and 461 from St. James and Westmoreland. Presentations were made to the over 200 tertiary awardees on Thursday (September 23), during a ceremony at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston.Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, said the scholarships, valued at over $100 million, represent the largest scholarship award under the Ministry’s crime prevention programme. He said it is a sign of the Ministry’s commitment to empowering Jamaicans.Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson (third left), with (from left) law student Zoe Curtis; medical student Moneifa Hartley; medical student Doneilo Thomas; dental nursing therapy student, Dania Dennis; and law student Kaydian Carter, who received scholarships at the Citizen Security and Justice Programme(CSJP) scholarship awards ceremony, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on September 23. The students from August Town, Tower Hill, Mountain View and Waterhouse were among 1,800 tertiary and high school students from 27 volatile communities who received scholarships totaling more than $100 million.Senator Nelson argued that the CSJP model was an effective prevention model that promotes safer communities. “The model suggests that the participation of people, driven by improved educational achievements, enhances beliefs in their own abilities to transform their own lives,” he said.The CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme is now in its second phase (CSJP II), having completed the pilot phase in 2009.Since 2001, the CSJP has been offering support to primary, secondary and tertiary students within the Kingston, Montego Bay and Savanna-la-Mar areas. Support to tertiary students was stepped up in 2007 with scholarships awarded to 300 persons, and has since increased six fold to more than 1,800.Programme Manager for CSJP II, Simeon Robinson, shared statistics which show that youth between 14 and 24 years are both victims and perpetrators of crime, stressing that it is imperative that they are engaged, rehabilitated and resocialised.Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson (right), and Programme Manager for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) II, Simeon Robinson (centre), examine the programme for the CSJP’s scholarship awards ceremony, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on September 23. Looking on is Community Action Co-ordinator, CSJP, Orville Simmonds. Over $100 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 1,800 tertiary and high school students from 27 volatile communities.Mr. Robinson disclosed that this year the CSJP took a policy decision to support 11 students who are currently enrolled in the faculties of law and medicine at the University of the West Indies.“The CSJP is proud of every scholar who has been successful. They were evaluated against evaluation criteria designed to identify those most in need, those with good grades, those involved in the development of their communities and those who were previous beneficiaries, so as not to disrupt their schooling,” he said.Sharing her experience as a past beneficiary of a CSJP scholarship, medical doctor, Claudia Allen, said she grew up in Trench Town and at first struggled to finance her educational ambitions.“I was very instrumental in my own tuition, because I had to work on the weekends and study. So, when I was introduced to the CSJP it was such a blessing for me, because I could just focus on school only, and it came at a critical time when I didn’t really have the time to be working along with going to school,” she said.Dr. Allen, who graduated in 2008 from the University of the West Indies, Mona, as the first doctor in her family, credits the programme for fostering a good relationship between the community and members of the security forces. CSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communities EducationSeptember 24, 2010center_img RelatedCSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communities RelatedCSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communitieslast_img read more